Today is the fall equinox, so I thought this would be an appropriate poem.
O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stainèd
With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit
Beneath my shady roof; there thou may’st rest,
And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe,
And all the daughters of the year shall dance!
Sing now the lusty song of fruits and flowers.
`The narrow bud opens her beauties to
The sun, and love runs in her thrilling veins;
Blossoms hang round the brows of Morning, and
Flourish down the bright cheek of modest Eve,
Till clust’ring Summer breaks forth into singing,
And feather’d clouds strew flowers round her head.
`The spirits of the air live on the smells
Of fruit; and Joy, with pinions light, roves round
The gardens, or sits singing in the trees.’
Thus sang the jolly Autumn as he sat;
Then rose, girded himself, and o’er the bleak
Hills fled from our sight; but left his golden load.
I really love the imagery in this poem. For me, it expresses the bounty of the harvest. But even more important, it hints at the promise of future growth. Within the harvest are the seeds for future crops. As Autumn flies over the bleak hills to make way for Winter, he leaves behind “his golden load”: an abundance of food, seeds for the Spring, and a feeling of joyous celebration.
May this fall season fill your life with happiness and abundance!!
6 responses to ““To Autumn” by William Blake”
Yes, it is truly a wonderful poem, Jeff! I wish you a great autumn too 🙂
Thanks Christy! I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂
The same title that Keats’ poem!!!… Great share Jeff.
Best wishes, Aquileana 😀
Hmmm. I’ll have to look up the Keats poem. That will be a future post 😉
I like Keats’ poem a lot… I will give you a preview then
Good night, Jeff, sending you hugs, Aquileana 😀
Good morning, Aquileana! Great post. Thanks for sharing it with me. I liked your analysis of Autumn as goddess. I will definitely cover this in a future post, and when I do, I hope you don’t mind if I include a mention of your post 🙂
Sending hugs back to you. Have a glorious day!